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Nutrition/WIC

What is WIC Nutrition Program?

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is designed to improve the health and well-being of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • Referrals for health care
  • Free language assistance

There is no charge for WIC services.

WIC has never been easier to use! The North Carolina WIC Program is moving from a paper-based method of WIC benefit issuance to an electronic benefit transfer system, called eWIC. eWIC makes it easy for clients to use their WIC funds on one convenient card when they purchase healthy foods at the grocery store. WIC food benefits will now be issued into an electronic benefit account at the local WIC clinic and families will use their eWIC card and PIN to access their food benefits at the grocery store.

WIC families will be able to better track their monthly food balance and they will have access to a new WICShopper Smart Phone App that allows them to scan a food’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC approved item. More information about the eWIC card, shopping guide and phone app can be found in the links below.

Do you qualify for WIC? - Income Guidelines and Benefits

Income Guidelines

Table: Income Guidelines
Size of Household Annual Monthly Weekly Bi-Weekly Twice Monthly
1 $22,311 $1,860 $430 $859 $930
2 $30,044 $2,504 $578 $1,156 $1,252
3 $37,777 $3,149 $727 $1,453 $1,575
4 $45,510 $3,793 $876 $1,751 $1,897

Additional Information


Did you know if you qualify for Medicaid or Food Assistance you will automatically qualify for WIC? You can apply for Medicaid and food assistance online at epass.nc.gov or come into our office at 7 Yorkshire Street, Asheville NC.

Important WIC Information

WIC Clinic Locations and Hours

Health & Human Services WIC Clinic

7 Yorkshire Street
Asheville, NC 28803
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 250-5000

MAHEC OB-GYN Specialists

119 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
For patients of MAHEC OB-GYN Specialists and their children.
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 771-5436

Western North Carolina Community
Health Services (WNCCHS)

The Minnie Jones Health Center
257 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
For patients of WNCCHS and their children.
Hours: Monday - Wednesday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thursday
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 285-0622, Ext. 2174

Health & Human Services WIC Clinic West
(BCHHS-West)

339 Leicester Highway, Suite 120
Asheville, NC 28806
Hours: Monday – Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (828) 250-5000

Making an Appointment

New and returning WIC patients:

Call 250-5000 to make appointment for WIC services

What to bring with you

You will need to bring the following information for each family member that is applying for WIC:

Proof of ID: (Bring one)

  • Current driver’s license,
  • Social Security card,
  • Work/school ID,
  • Medicaid card,
  • Military ID,
  • Birth certificate,
  • Immunization record.

Proof of Residence: (Bring one)

  • Proof of where you live: (Bring one)
  • Recent bill (electric, gas, cable or telephone),
  • Current rent or mortgage agreement,
  • Current driver’s license.

Proof of Income: (Bring one)
(Before taxes for all who live in your house)

  • Current Medicaid card,
  • Letter of certification from Food & Nutrition Services,
  • Last paycheck stub,
  • Letter from job with gross income and how often you are paid. If self-employed, recent tax return.

Note: Immunization records must be brought to the first appointment for all infants and children up to age 5.

Breastfeeding Support Services

Breastfeeding support is available to WIC patients by calling 250-5325.

Services available to breastfeeding women enrolled on WIC include:

  • Breastfeeding education and support for prenatal and breastfeeding women by breastfeeding peer counselors.
  • Consultations with a trained breastfeeding educator for breastfeeding concerns.
  • Manual and electric breast pumps – call to find out which will best meet your needs.

For More Information

Buncombe County WIC Brochure:

Find out more information about the WIC program and what services it can provide you and your family. Download the brochure below.

Healthy Recipes:

Looking for healthy recipes for your family? A television cooking show called "Cooking for Your Health" can be seen online. It can also be viewed on Charter Cable channel 192. Shows change randomly and provide recipes that are also available at the link above. The show is produced by Buncombe County TV (BCTV).

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  • Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.